Heading West-ish

There is a great exchange in the movie “Last of the Mohicans” where Daniel Day Lewis, aka Hawkeye informs an English officer that he, his brother & father are not scouts for the British but are in fact heading West, to “Kan-tuck-ee”.    The officer says, “There is a war on. How is it that you are heading west?”   Hawkeye responds, “Well, we just face North and then, real sudden-like, turn left.”

I thought of that quote today as we drove West on I-80 through the seemingly endless hills of Pennsylvania, over the Susquehanna river, through Scrubgrass Township and past Stoney Lonesome Road, then on into Ohio over the once flammable Cuyahoga River and up through Toledo into Michigan, where we stopped for the night.    The reason I thought of the exchange from the film is that in the last few days I’ve had several people say to me, “So, your kids are ready for school to start?” or words to that effect.   Even people who know that we homeschool.    I took great pleasure in saying, “No, in fact we’re leaving on a trip.  Going to Michigan.”

I could kind of imagine someone saying,  ”There is a school year starting, how is it that you are going on a trip?”  (In my head they have a British accent, too.)    And I would say, “Well, we just get in our car and, real sudden-like, drive West.”

Of course tomorrow we are driving straight North, stopping just shy of Canada, but that’s too much detail for such a good comeback.

Absolute best perk of learning outside of school!  Total disregard for school year scheduling.   Actually that’s not true.  We pay close attention to when school is in session and plan our trips accordingly.  Kids in class?  We’ll travel, thank you very much.

More tomorrow from the U.P. (That’s Upper Peninsula for the uninitiated).  Hopefully to include photos.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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